Getting in shape doesn't have to be dull - here's the proof
Jump Boxx Dubai has now got a second indoor trampoline park. Located in Uptown Mirdif, the newly opened centre is a 22,000 sq ft facility with more than 100 interconnected trampolines. As well as free-jumping, it has a DJ playing club hits from 7pm to 11pm every Thursday, Fit Boxx and corporate team-building. Dhs59 for children aged 3-5, Dhs69 per hour, plus Dhs9 for socks. Uptown Mirdif, www.jump-boxx.com (04 379 4963).
Bounce Fit If you were excited about the launch of the free-jumping centre at the start of summer you’ll be bounding over the moon to know that it is now offering Bounce Fit classes that promise to work your core, improve all-over muscle tone and increase heart rate. Try it out from Tuesday September 2. Dhs120 per session. Sun, Tue and Thu, 6am and 7am. From September 2. Ongoing. Bounce, Al Quoz, www.bounce.ae (04 3211 400).
Red Bull Sultan of the Desert Billed as the most challenging multi-discipline race in the UAE, the Red Bull Sultan of the Desert challenge is a relay race with three main disciplines of running, mountain biking and kayaking, with each leg spanning nearly 15km. Taking place on Friday October 10, you’ve got just over a month to get in tip-top shape to take on the challenge. Dhs200 per person, Dhs600 per team of three. October 10. Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, www.facebook.com/redbull.
Desert Warrior Challenge If you’ve been itching to get outside and run then be sure to sign up for this brand new endurance challenge, taking place at an as-yet-unconfirmed location on Friday October 17. The DWC is an obstacle course that will see participants climb crawl and work as a team to get through a series of 24 challenges. There is a 5km version and the event is also open to kids aged from 12 to 17. From Dhs315. October 17. Location to be announced, www.desertwarriorchallenge.com.
Contagion Run Combining Halloween spooks with a challenging workout, the Contagion Run on Friday October 31 is a zombie-themed fun run suitable for runners of all abilities. Choose if you want to be a survivor trying to escape the undead, or a flag-grabbing zombie. Dhs50-Dhs300. Friday October 31, 4pm. Register by October 24 to take part. www.premieronline.com (no number).
Samsung International Beach Soccer Get your toes into the sand again and enjoy world class football skills on the beach as the tournament returns from Wednesday November 4 to Saturday 8. The event will see the best teams from around the globe compete, putting on a skilful show for spectators. Free. November 4- 8. Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.beachsoccer.com.
Races return to Meydan After the finale of last season, which saw Jennifer Lopez close the Dubai World Cup, horseracing returns to Meydan on Thursday November 6. Expect top quality horses and jockeys, plus this season there will be a special New Year’s Eve race card on Wednesday December 31. Free general admission. From November 6. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).
Midnight Madness Golf at Meydan From November, keen golfers (and we really mean keen) can play a fun floodlit 18 holes from midnight until sunrise, finishing with a well-deserved breakfast. Dare we say, only in Dubai? Meydan Golf Course, Nad Al Sheba, www.meydangolf.com (04 381 3733).
Wire World It’s hard not to be excited about the fact the world’s largest zip-line adventure park is scheduled to open in Dubai towards the end of the year. The project is due to open its doors next to Meydan Racecourse and will feature 70 obstacles. www.wireworldparks.com.